Hannah Starkey at The Hepworth Wakefield

Hannah Starkey, Untitled, May 1997, 1997 framed c-type print mounted on aluminium 122 x 162 cm © Hannah Starkey. Courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Hannah Starkey


20 October 2022 – 30 April 2023

The Hepworth Wakefield will present the first major survey of British photographer Hannah Starkey, tracing the development of her work across two decades.


Throughout her career, Starkey’s meticulously choreographed photographs have determinedly engaged with how women are represented in contemporary culture, an issue which is now centre stage.

Starkey reveals women in moments of private reflection, alienation or social interaction that might otherwise go unseen: a woman fleetingly fascinated by another woman’s reflection, or the attentive gaze of a mother carrying her child. Meanwhile, the large scale of her images suggests the recording of a monumental event. She is also witness to the powerful presence of women in our cities, from those she encountered growing up in Belfast to women and girls at recent street protests in London. On display will be photographs from Starkey’s graduation show in 1997 that immediately brought her widespread acclaim, through to a newly commissioned body of work that will be created with young women in Wakefield in 2022.

The commission will come out of a collaboration with early-career female and non-binary photographers, born or based in Yorkshire as part of The Hepworth Wakefield’s creative professional development programme. The Art House is supporting the project by providing studio space and access to dark room facilities and will present a concurrent exhibition of the early career photographer’s own work in their Tiled Gallery from October 2022 to January 2023.